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Friday December 8

13:06
Report: Apple eyeing Shazam acquisition worth $400...

Apple may be planning to purchase the company behind the popular song tagging service Shazam, TechCrunch reports. The deal could be worth around $400 million (so not much for Apple) and announced as soon as next week.

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12:49
Apple debuts new Hermes Watch band, case options for...




Apple has ushered in another batch of new accessories for its mobile devices, presumably hoping to snag holiday shoppers -- or people who will customize Apple gifts after the fact.

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12:44
Jony Ive Returns To Apple Design Management Role...

Zac Hall, writing for 9to5Mac: Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, is returning to his management role within Apple's design group after handing off managerial duties in 2015. 9to5Mac noted that Ive's design deputies Dye and Haywarth were no longer listed on Apple's leadership page earlier today.


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12:41
Google found an iOS exploit, impending release may...

Google’s Project Zero, a team focused on discovering vulnerabilities in others companies’ software, appears set to release an exploit it recently found in iOS 11. While the vulnerability has been patched with iOS 11.2, the exploit may allow for the first publicly available jailbreak for iOS 11.

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12:36
Jony Ive returns to Apple design management role...

Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, is returning to his management role within Apple’s design group after handing off managerial duties in 2015. 9to5Mac noted that Ive’s design deputies Dye and Howarth were no longer listed on Apple’s leadership page earlier today, and news of Ive’s return is going over the wire now (H/T to our pal Mark Gurman).

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12:26
News: Apple hires TV veteran Michelle Lee onto Apple...

Apple has added another high-profile name to its television content team with the hire of programming veteran Michelle Lee, Variety reports. Lee comes from Universal Television-based True Jack Productions, where she developed and executive produced a number of series, and has been named a creative executive at Apple’s Worldwide Video unit where she will report to former WGN America head Matt Cherniss who joined Apple in August....

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12:07
Best Buy is selling a Philips Hue–Google Home Bundle...

You get what amounts to a free Google Home if you pick up this bundle.

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11:56
Report: Apple cracking down on template applications...

Apple has been working diligently over the last year to clean up the App Store and rid it of spam and clone applications. A new report from TechCrunch, however, outlines the effect that Apple’s newfound efforts are having on apps built around templates…

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11:52
How to Reliably Use Apple Pay on the iPhone X

Apple Pay isn’t quite as smooth an experience on the iPhone X as it is on earlier iPhone models. There’s a trick to getting it to work reliably when you’re at the check out counter. Watch to learn what to do.


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11:46
Inception Drive, Emulators, Tyranny of the Masses vs...

Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the Inception Drive and its potential to change the world. Looking more to the past, they look at Mac emulators and the many ways they can help you out. They also pit the tyranny of the masses against bloatware, and revel in the glory that is Hulu Live’s Future Man. Make sure you hit the Subscribe button! (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)


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11:16
Apple’s TV app goes live in U.K., France, and Germany

Previously available only in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Norway, and Sweden, the TV app hasn’t felt like a very important part of the iOS/tvOS ecosystem. Today, its reach extends considerably.

Though Apple has yet to make an official announcement, the TV app has started to pop up on devices in France, Germany, and the U.K. You’ll see it on iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV (4th generation and Apple TV 4K). The list of apps supported by the TV app varies by country; U.K. viewers should see content from BBC iPlayer, ITV, and My5 in addition to services like Amazon Prime Video and Hopster. App updates may be required in some cases. 

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11:12
Google is About to Release an iOS Jailbreak Exploit

This is part of Project Zero’s modus operandi, as it routinely searches other companies’ software for bugs.


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11:09
Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip...

There never seem to be enough outlets for charging up our tech gear at the office or on the go, so Kinkoo is aiming to fix that with their 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip. It also sports three USB A ports and a USB-C port for charging up our phones and portable batteries, too. The strip is only 8-inches long so it’s small enough to travel with, yet versatile enough to juice up a wide range of devices. It’s regularly priced at US$35, but you can get yours for $24.99 with TMO’s special deal—and coupon code GIFTSHOP15 brings it down to $21.25.


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10:42
Apple offers day at Beats 1's LA studio in...




Apple's latest charity auction is offering a "one-day internship" at the Los Angeles studio for Beats 1 radio, with proceeds going to benefit MusiCares, a Recording Academy organization that provides crisis support for musicians.

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10:38
HomeKit Zero Day Exploit, the iPad Computer Debate...

Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss the HomeKit Zero Day exploit that was just revealed, plus John and Jeff get into a debate about whether the iPad should be considered a computer.


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10:30
iMac Pro: Everything we know about Apple’s powerful...

With the delay of the HomePod, there is only one more big Apple hardware product slated for release before the end of 2017 — the iMac Pro. Like the regular iMac, the iMac Pro features an all-in-one design that combines a display and computer inside of a single enclosure. Yet, unlike the regular iMac, the iMac Pro is built specifically with creative professionals in mind.

As someone who regularly works with 4K and sometimes even 6K video, the iMac Pro sounds fantastic on paper. Higher-specced configurations of the baseline iMac are no slouch, but the iMac Pro will be a definite leap above the regular version in terms of performance. Here’s what we know about the iMac Pro so far… more…

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10:04
Verify your identity to ensure smooth Apple Pay Cash...




Apple and financial institutions want to make Apple Pay Cash as frictionless as possible for simple person-to-person money transfers. But if you want to send a larger amount of money, or spend your Apple Pay Cash at a retail store, you may need to verify your identity for security purposes. If you want to get that verification out of the way up front, AppleInsider shows you how to do it.

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09:59
Apple expands iPhone, iPad, & Apple Watch...

Following the release of new Apple Watch bands and iPhone X cases earlier this week, Apple has added even more new accessories to its online store in time for holiday shopping.

For iPad Pro users, there’s a new Leather Sleeve color choice and Apple Pencil Case color choice, while the Apple Watch adds a new Hermès band…

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09:56
Apple TV App Rolls Out in UK, France, and Germany

You won’t need to install a new update to get the TV app. It will automatically show up for customers in the above countries.


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09:56
Apple Holiday Deals: Find the best bargains and...




The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and that means Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on your favorite Macs, iPads, Apple Watches, Apple TV 4K devices, headphones and HomeKit accessories. From exclusive coupon deals to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with no sales tax collected in 48 states on many items, as well as no interest financing incentives on popular products.

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09:47
Beats 1 auctioning off mega studio tour in LA and...

We’ve seen plenty of charity auctions with lunch meetings with Apple execs as the reward over the years, and now Apple Music and Beats 1 is getting in on the fundraiser action with a mega studio tour and much more. Valued at $5,000, the highest bidder will be awarded a unique experience that includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Beats 1 studio in LA, dropping in on an Apple Music meeting, and even appearing on the Beats 1 Internet radio station.

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09:42
Apple opens online sales to 563M people in Asia...




Apple has partnered with Lazada, owned by Alibaba, to bring official online sales of its products to several southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

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09:31
Apple updates Leadership page to reflect Bruce...

Apple has updated its Leadership webpage today to reflect the retirement of general counsel Bruce Sewell, as well as the departure of VP of inclusion and diversity Denise Young Smith. Both of these executive changes had been previously announced.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Philips Hue 4th Gen. Start Kit...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:27
News: Apple quickly works to patch HomeKit...

Apple has quickly closed the door on a HomeKit vulnerability introduced in iOS 11.2, 9to5Mac reports. The security flaw, demonstrated privately to 9to5Mac, allowed “unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers.” The report does not describe the vulnerability in detail and adds that it “was difficult to reproduce” but that it did allow access to pretty much any HomeKit-connected accessory…

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08:54
3 Alternative Styluses for Apple Pencil

We rounded up a few stylus options that work with a wide range of iPads, and even the iPhone, that also all cost less than Apple Pencil.


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08:39
Review: GearMo 75W USB-C Car Charger lets you charge...

Times change. Back when I was doing a lot of Mac consulting, I bought an inverter for my car so that I could convert the 12V power in the vehicle to 120V AC to charge my MacBook Air between appointments. It was bulky, hot, and slow. Fast-forward to 2017, when a tiny box from GearMo ($22.95 from Amazon, Model GM-UCPDCARB) can provide 60W of USB Type-C power to my MacBook Pro and charge one other device through another USB-A port that uses Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 protocol.

This charger was released on 10/1/17 to provide a total of 75W of charging power. As noted above, the USB-C connector can pump 60W to your MacBook or MacBook Pro to charge it up fast, while the other port can either provide 15W at 3A, or use Qualcomm's QC 3.0 at 12V/1.5A, 9V/2A or 5V/2.4A.

The GearMo USB C PD Power Deliver 75W Output Car Charger for Laptops (Model GM-UCPDCARB)

The charger -- like most car...

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08:12
Apple's 'TV' app goes live in France...




Apple on Friday quietly brought its "TV" app for iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV to Europe, offering a centralized way of watching shows and movies from iTunes and various compatible streaming apps. [Updated with info about Sweden & Norway]

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08:01
MarsEdit 4 Beefs Up WordPress Support, More

Bloggers rejoice! MarsEdit 4 was released this week, only seven years after its last major update.


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07:57
VLC media player for iOS now optimized for iPhone X...

VideoLAN has released a new version of its VLC for Mobile app that adds improved support for Apple’s latest hardware and software.

Version 2.8.6 includes adjustments to the user interface on the taller, 5.8-inch iPhone X OLED display. The latest version also includes “full support” for 4K videos formatted in HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) which Apple has embraced to limit file sizes on ultra high-definition videos.

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07:10
Apple pushes Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV with...




Apple has gone all-in on promoting the new Amazon Prime Video app, and is not only telling users that it is available after a tvOS 11.2 update, but has taken out Twitter "promoted" tweets noting it as well.

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07:08
Apple’s Health Director Leaves for Medical Data...

Anil Sethi, Apple’s Health Director, has left the company to start a new company that makes it easier for patients to access their medical records and share the information with doctors.


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07:06
Apple products arrive on a Lazada store for those in...

Apple fans around Southeast Asia can now get new iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks from an official store on Lazada, reports TechInAsia. That’s good news for those fans, as the tech giant only has one store in the region (it’s in Singapore).

Apple’s Lazada store opens today in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore, with Malaysia joining Dec. 11. Vietnam too will participate at an unconfirmed date, notes TechInAsia.

The article adds that Alibaba-owned Lazada will get stock directly from Apple, after forming an agreement with the Cupertino, California-based company. That makes it the only official online seller of Apple’s baubles in the region. 

The Lazada Group was founded in 2012 by Rocket Internet in Singapore with the intention of establishing the Amazon.com business model in Southeast Asia to take advantage of the nascent online consumer market and...

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06:40
Amazon Music Unlimited now available in 28 more...

Amazon launched its Music Unlimited service just over a year ago, adding to Apple Music’s competition in the streaming music space – and a major international expansion today sees it available in 28 new countries.

Amazon quickly followed its US launch by rolling out the service to Austria, Germany and the UK the following month, and Japan later. It subsequently matched Apple’s family plan and...

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06:36
How to use the one handed keyboard on iPhone

One of the lesser trumpeted features that shipped with iOS 11 was the one handed keyboard. The linked post walks through the options.

Long story short, fire up a text or tweet, then, when the keyboard appears, press and hold the keyboard’s emoji icon, like so:

Tap your keyboard alignment of choice (left, right, center) and you’re good to go.

Note that the one handed keyboard is iPhone (and iPod Touch) only. Read the article for iPad options.

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06:35
TrueDepth, FaceID likely coming to all iPhones next...

Finisar, Apple's second largest supplier of vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays, has announced the acquisition of a 700,000-square foot . As noted by AppleInsider, this suggests TrueDepth and FaceID are coming to all iPhones in 2018. 

The TrueDepth camera for the iPhone X works by using a projector to cast 30,000 dots on your face, which it then reads with an infrared camera. Apple already demonstrated applications of the system, FaceID and Animojis, both of which promise implications of their own when the TrueDepth SDK (software developer kit) is available for developers.

By the way, a VCSEL is a semiconductor-based laser diode that emits a...

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06:35
Apple Watch's GymKit expands to UK, Apple says...




GymKit -- the technology that allows two-way sync between an Apple Watch and compatible cardio machines -- made its London debut this week at a Virgin Active gym near Mansion House, where Apple's director of fitness for health technologies, Jay Blahnik, was on hand for a press demonstration.

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06:27
Analyst: 2018 follow-up to the iPhone X could sport...

In a note to clients — as reported by MacRumors.com — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the 2018 follow-up to the iPhone X could feature up to 10% more battery power if Apple and LG Chem are able to deploy a one-cell design for the device's L-shaped battery, as opposed to the two-cell battery used in the iPhone X. He writes:

Two new 2H18 iPhone models could adopt L-shaped battery (6.5” & 5.8” OLED models), with capacity upgraded for all models. In order to extend battery life, we believe it is necessary to expand battery capacity because all three new 2H18 models will be equipped with TrueDepth Camera, which consumes more power. We think Apple (US) is developing a 1-cell L-shaped battery in collaboration with LGC (KR). If the new battery enters mass production on time, the 5.8” OLED iPhone model will come with a battery with larger capacity (2,900-3,000mAh with higher RFPCB ASP $2.1-2.4). For the 6.1” LCD...

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06:20
Apple’s TV app now available in the UK, Germany, and...

Apple’s TV app is now available in the UK, Germany, and France. It allows you to continue to watch your favorite shows and movies, discover new content, and find new video apps, all from a single location. 

The Apple TV App is available in select countries and regions. You can use the Apple TV App on your Apple TV* with the latest version of tvOS or your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the latest version of iOS.

To get started, open the TV app: On your Apple TV, select the TV app from your Home screen or use your Siri Remote. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap the TV app on your Home screen.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: 10-Ft Apple MFi-Certified...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-Pack for only $16.99 — that’s 83% off the regular price. These three 6.5’ cables are MFi-certified so you can safely charge and sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and give you enough length to comfortably use your devices while charging from just about anywhere you’re sitting. Get the 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: 3-Pack now for…

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05:36
Six Southeast Asian countries to get official online...

Six countries in Southeast Asia will soon be able to order Apple products online, secure in the knowledge that they are buying genuine items sourced from the Cupertino company. Alibaba-owned online store Lazada announced a partnership with Apple today.

Currently, online sales in the region are often made through grey market suppliers, with the consequent risks of buying counterfeit products or paying inflated prices …

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05:26
AppleInsider podcast talks AirPods, 2018 iPhones,...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about 2018 iPhones, what's rumoured for next year from Apple, and iOS 11.2's surprise release. Victor also talks with Katie Stephens, founder of MakeCrate, about how to encourage interest in engineering.

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05:00
Yet another Apple patent hints at an AR headset

Apple has been granted another patent (number 20170353713) that hints at an upcoming augmented reality (AR) head-mounted display (HMD). It involves methods and apparatus, including computer program products, implementing and using techniques for projecting a source image in a head-mounted display apparatus.

The apparatus would have a left and a right display for projecting a left and right images viewable by the left and right eyes, respectively, of a user. Source image data is received. 

The source image has right, left, top, and bottom edges. The source image data is processed to generate left image data for the left display and right image data for the right display. 

The left image data includes the left edge, but not the right edge, of the source image and the right image data includes the right edge, but not the left edge, of the source image. The right image data is presented on the right display and the left image data is presented on the left display...

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05:00
Get a deal on the iMemPro USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro

Why carry around a bagful of dongles just to give your MacBook Pro more capability? The iMemPro USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro ($59.99) is from our buddies at ZeroLemon and this little wonder adds a tremendous amount of functionality just by plugging into the dual Type-C ports on the side of your MacBook Pro. 

What all does the hub have built in? A Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, a 4K HDMI port and even an SD/micro-SD card reader. Here's what this inexpensive hub can do for you:

  • Double Type-C port makes the connection to your MacBook Pro more stable
  • Greatly expands your MacBook Pro's capabilities
  • Compact design features...
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04:58
iPhone X component orders dropping off, but strong...

Supply-chain sources report that demand for iPhone X components is slowing, with some said to be concerned that demand may be lower than predicted in the first part of next year.

In all, four component suppliers all report flat or declining orders …

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04:30
BetterUnderarchiver is a bit beefier the macOS’s...

By Aaron Lee

It’s not for everyone, but Cisdem’s BetterUnarchiver archive manager app may be more useful for some folks than the regular archiver that comes with macOS.

It allows users to compress and decompress archive files. BetterUnarchiver supports unzipping files like Zip, 7z, Rar, ISO, Tar, Cab, Wim, xz, CHM, com, Hfs, Nsis, Udf, and more.

Users can preview files inside an archive before unzipping it. BetterUnarchiver also lets you archive or create password protected zipped files on your Mac.

The tool supports unzipping files in batch and the extraction of multi-volume archive files. It also supports character encoding when extracting files (non-ASCII file names will be displayed correctly).

With BetterUnarchiver. you can compress files to Zip, 7z, and Tar. You can also create password protected 7z and Zip files on Mac for safer transmitting.

BetterUnarchiver...

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04:20
Feature Request: HomeKit support for hotel rooms...

A number of hotel chains have been using smart home technology in their rooms for some time now, with Hilton yesterday announcing its own plans to take the idea one step further, with the ability to remember your connected room preferences and automatically apply them when you check into a new hotel.

Hilton says the Hilton Honors app will allow guests to control the temperature in their room, adjust lighting, stream content to their TV, and control Internet-connected picture frames by displaying their own...

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04:00
How to adjust the flashlight brightness on your...

The flashlight feature on an iPhone comes in very handy at times. And it’s easy to adjust the flashlight brightness on an iPhone X. 

While in Control Center, use 3D Touch to adjust the brightness of the flashlight. Just press firmly on the flashlight, then swipe up or down to select a brightness level.

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03:43
GymKit launch continues with Virgin Active gym in...

Last month we saw the first fitness club to deploy Apple’s GymKit technology pop up around the globe in Australia, and this week the Apple Watch workout syncing feature has gone live in the UK. Metro reports that the Mansion House Virgin Active gym in London now offers exercise machines that work with Apple’s GymKit feature which lets you sync workout data between the machine and Apple Watch. In the piece, Apple’s fitness chief Jay Blahnik suggests we may see even more GymKit-compatible machines soon…

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 8, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Accoca, a Japanese password manager app, is now available in English. It’s an ID and password manager app that stores and encrypts data locally, using the industry standard AES-256 protocol. It’s available in a free and $2.99 (for a limited time) “pro” version.

Apple has updated its Apple Store app with a few feature additions. For example, it adds the ability to bypass a carrier preauthorization requirement when buying an iPhone.

macOS Apps/Updates

MW3D-Solutions has unleashed Cheetah3D 7.1, an update to its 3D modeling solution for macOS.

The...

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03:15
Rumor: Apple to release three new iPhone models in...

The rumor mill is churning and it’s thought that Apple will release three iPhones in 2018, including two OLED models and one LCD model that could feature a metal back like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, reports Nikkei.

Nikkei has cited an anonymous source “privy to the company’s product designs,” the source stating that one of Apple’s 2018 models will boast a 6.1-inch LCD display while the two OLED models will measure in at 5.8 inches and either 6.2 or 6.3 inches.

Apple’s LCD model will boast a metal back that will “come in several colors,” with the body for the device potentially being manufactured by Casetek, a Pegatron subsidiary.

The rumors are in line with previous details shared in a research not by KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, albeit there’s some variance in size predictions for the three devices.

Kuo has stated that Apple will introduce three iPhones in 2018: an OLED model that measures in at 5.8 inches like the current iPhone X, an...

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03:00
Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update

Late Wednesday night, Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. The update, a roughly 1.87 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Improves compatibility with certain third-party USB audio devices.

– Improves VoiceOver navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview.

– Improves compatibility of Braille displays with Mail.

– Assorted security fixes.

As usual, the update can be located, downloaded and installed through the App Store program in macOS High Sierra.

If you’ve tried the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

Apple security notes

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02:40
BBC iPlayer app update suggests TV app launching in...

The popular UK video service BBC iPlayer has released an update for its iOS and tvOS universal app with some interesting release notes, suggesting that the TV app will be launching in the UK imminently.

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02:35
External Link: HomeKit Vulnerability Discovered,...

Zac Hall of 9to5Mac discovered a vulnerability in HomeKit, Apple’s home automation framework, that could allow unauthorized control of accessories like smart locks and garage door openers. The good news is that Apple has already closed the security hole on the server side, so your devices are no longer vulnerable. Unfortunately, Apple's server-side fix also prevents you from giving remote access to shared users. Another update to iOS next week should eliminate the vulnerability and restore full functionality.

 

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Thursday December 7

22:20
Apple supplier Finisar to scale VCSEL production,...




Apple's second largest supplier of vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays, Finisar, announced the acquisition of a 700,000-square foot plant on Thursday, a move that suggests TrueDepth and Face ID are coming to all iPhones in 2018.

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21:33
2018 OLED iPhones might feature single cell L-shaped...




Apple is developing L-shaped batteries to power two new OLED iPhone models set to debut next fall, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who notes all three handsets expected to launch next year will boast increased energy capacities.

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21:22
KGI: All three iPhones introduced in 2018 to pack...

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is out with his latest investor note this evening covering more changes we can expect with next year’s iPhone refresh. Kuo writes that Apple will bring L-shaped battery designs to the 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED iPhones introduced next year, allowing for increased capacity and improved battery life…

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20:35
'Dreams,' the new game from '...

We've been wondering about Dreams for a while now. First announced in 2015 as a trippy, user-controlled kind of world-creating game, Dreams is the new title from LittleBigPlanet studio Media Molecule and it's due to hit PlayStation 4 in 2018. The rel...

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20:27
Apple reveals 2017’s most popular apps, music,...

Apple:

Apple has unveiled its 2017 charts and trends, celebrating the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and Apple Podcasts.
Editors and curators from Apple Music, App Store and iTunes highlight great content from indie artists and developers from around the globe.

As a follow up to Apple’s Best of Canada list, here’s the one for our neighbours to the

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18:57
Feedly updated w/ iPhone X optimization and new dark...

Popular news reading service Feedly today announced a major update for its iOS app. The update focuses on bringing interface enhancements to iPhone X users, including a new dark mode that looks pretty stunning on the iPhone X’s OLED display…

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18:47
Apple to transition Brazilian iTunes sales to local...




In email notifications sent out to Brazilian customers on Thursday, Apple said it plans to transition iTunes pricing from U.S. dollars to the Brazilian real in 2018, offering potential savings on music, apps and more.

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18:18
Steve Wozniak says Tim Cook sent him an iPhone X,...

Image via @MishManners

Speaking at the Pivot Summit in Geelong, Victoria today, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak shared a few new tidbits about his experience with the iPhone X so far and his thoughts on Face ID vs. Touch ID. Woz also offered up a few anecdotes about his years working with Steve Jobs. Wozniak is one of several speakers at the one day conference focused on providing insight about emerging technology.

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18:07
Hilton to roll out 'Connected Rooms'...




Hilton on Thursday announced plans for what it calls the "Connected Room," an initiative that will allow hotel guests to manage and control a range of internet-connected devices from their smartphone.

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17:55
Bitcoin primer

Bitcoin’s massive leaps and volatile swings have brought a lot of new people to the technology. We’ll explain what Bitcoin is, how Bitcoin works, how Bitcoin wallets work, and throw a mention in for getting free Bitcoins through faucets.

If you’re interested in Bitcoin, you should give this a

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17:48
YouTube to launch subscription music service

YouTube plans to introduce a paid music service in March, according to people familiar with the matter, a third attempt by parent company Alphabet Inc. to catch up with rivals Spotify and Apple Inc.

This will be a big thing for YouTube if they can convert a lot of the people that currently use the service for music—and there are a lot of them. I’m not convinced they can make those people pay for a service, but we’ll see. Considering many of the Google Play Music staff were moved to YouTube, it makes sense that they are going to cancel that service.

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17:43
As Bitcoin continues to surge, Coinbase becomes the...

Bitcoin has been surging at an unprecedented pace over the last few days, starting the week at just under $10,000 and rocketing to over $18,000 for a brief period today. Now, in conjunction with the crytpocurrency’s rise, popular Bitcoin wallet Coinbase has become the most dowloaded app in the United States…

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17:30
Pantone’s official color of 2018
17:22
Thoughts on camera gear

I really enjoyed this article from Shawn Blanc. At a time when most of us are moving to the iPhone, he’s looking at the tech in actually cameras.

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17:08
What Is Bitcoin? Here’s the Bitcoin Primer You Need

We’ll explain what Bitcoin is, how Bitcoin works, how Bitcoin wallets work, and throw a mention in for getting free Bitcoins through faucets.


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YouTube to reportedly launch paid music service in...




YouTube is preparing a new subscription streaming music service that parent company Alphabet hopes will challenge industry incumbents Spotify and Apple Music, according to a report on Thursday.

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16:53
From music to movies: Apple releases its Canadian ‘...

Want to know what we Canadians like up here in the Great White North?

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16:50
The iPhone X is the iPhone I’ve Been Dreaming About

Here’s what John thinks of his new iPhone X.


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16:08
How to make the most of Amazon Prime Video on Apple...




The long-awaited Amazon Prime Video is finally available on Apple TV and iOS, and although the UI might not be perfect, support for Siri and Apple's TV app really adds to the user experience.

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15:42
Construction of first Vienna Apple store...




Apple is working hard to complete interior and exterior renovations at a three-story retail space in Vienna that will serve as the company's first official outlet in Austria, a location rumored to open next month.

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15:40
Hilton to start rolling out new smart hotel room...

Hilton is planning to rollout a full mobile-focused connected room next year. The hotel company announced today that it will deploy the Hilton Honors app with smart home features to all of its properties, allow visitors to manage their entire stay directly from the app…

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15:39
Apple puts 4K Aerial screen saver of Los Angeles...




Apple recently updated its list of Aerial screen savers for Apple TV 4K with ultra high-resolution snippets ported over from the fourth-generation model, as well as all-new footage of Los Angeles at night.

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15:03
The future: the Mac and iPad will merge and run...

The always entertaining columnist, John C. Dvorak, writes in a new column dubbed “Apple is Ready to Ditch the Mac” that Apple is, well, ready to ditch the Mac as iOS is poised to replace macOS. However, the Sellers Research Group (that’s me) says he’s missing the big picture.

As he’s said before, Dvorak feels the Mac will be phased out and the whole line will be replaced by iPads. He admits that the Mac “is not dead tomorrow,” though he doesn’t say when we can read the obit. 

A more likely scenario: both the Mac and iPad will “die.” Actually, that’s not the correct term; “transform” is more like it. Just as the iPod (only available now as the iPod touch) transformed like a caterpillar into the iPhone, Apple’s desktop, laptop, and tablet line-ups will evolve into a merged form factor (or factors) that take the best elements of each with a user interface based on the...

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14:50
Apple Has Ruined Its Podcasts App

Mike Pesca, host of Slate's daily podcast The Gist, writes about the recent interface changes to Apple's Podcasts app (condensed): Up until two months ago, the Apple Podcasts app was the only podcasting app I used. It gave me a nice, workable list of the shows I liked; let me know when those shows were updated; played the shows easily and without glitches; and offered the option of listening in double speed. I knew where everything was, and I thought of its shortcomings not as features the app was lacking but more like things one simply could not do with a podcast. If the Apple Podcast app wasn't great for sharing podcasts via email or text -- and it was not -- I told myself, "That just must be something that's hard for a podcast app to execute." I figured the best a podcasting app could do was to facilitate sharing the feed of a show, rather than the specific episode I was listening to. I never dared dream I could send a specific time within that episode. What sorcery is that? But...

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14:35
Apple Daily Report for December 7, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with some family issues. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

LG Display has responded to speculation that the company signed an agreement with Apple to supply OLED panels for the iPhone X. “Regarding the OLED supply deal for Apple’s iPhone X, nothing has been set in detail. When anything is confirmed in detail, we will announce it,” the company says. 

Apple will release three iPhones in 2018, including two OLED models and one LCD model that could feature a metal back like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, reports Nikkei

Apple TV's new Amazon app...

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14:15
HomeKit vulnerability found in iOS 11.2

A HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers.

“Users need to take no action today to resolve the issue as the fix that is rolling out is server-side,” Apple says. “The future update to iOS coming next week will resolve any broken functionality.”

HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

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14:13
iOS: Lock iPhone Apps to Keep People From Snooping

It’s a great tip for parents who give their iPhone or iPad to kids, and your kids can’t switch to other apps.


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14:06
Apple adds first new Aerial screensaver for Apple TV...

Apple has updated its aerial screensaver video feed for the Apple TV 4K this week with a handful of new videos. There are now a total of fourteen aerial videos for the Apple TV 4K, most are copied over from the 1080p Apple TV at higher resolution …

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14:00
Regulatory Filing Hints iMac Pro May be Days from...

Apple’s new iMac Pro has shown up in a European regulatory filing, hinting that it may be only days away from launch.


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13:48
HomeKit flaw in iOS 11.2 allowed remote access to...




Apple's software woes continued this week with the publication of a HomeKit flaw that allowed remote access to smart home devices like locks and lights. The company has since issued a temporary patch by disabling remote access to shared users, and plans to permanently plug the hole in a software update next week.

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13:45
iOS HomeKit Zero Day Lets Attackers Remotely Access...

Apple customers don’t need to take any action right now. The company has already fixed the issue on its end, and next week users can get a software update that fixes the bug on their end.


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13:40
Gear: Catalyst Impact Protection Case for iPhone X

Catalyst made its name producing a solid lineup of affordable cases that combined waterproofing with strong impact protection, and their signature Catalyst Case for iPhone quickly became one of our favorites. Now with the debut of the iPhone X, the company has branched out with a new Impact Protection Case that brings the classic Catalyst Case design in a less expensive version for those who don’t really need the waterproofing.

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13:15
Review: Belkin Pocket Power 5K Portable Power Bank

With users looking to squeeze as much battery life as possible out of their iPhones, external power packs have become almost as common of an accessory as cases and traditional chargers. Unfortunately, they've tended to lean to the more expensive side, so we're happy to see Belkin bucking the trend here with an ultra-portable power solution that provides a decent amount of juice and sells for only $30. {/exp:char_limit}

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13:03
Zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability allowed remote...

A HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers. Our understanding is Apple has rolled out a server-side fix that now prevent unauthorized access from occurring while limiting some functionality, and an update to iOS 11.2 coming next week will restore that full functionality.

more…

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12:53
The Mac Observer’s iPhone X Troubleshooting Guide

No guide can cover every single issue though, and if the problem keeps persisting you’ll want to bring it to Apple’s support team.


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12:33
SiriusXM radio comes to native Apple TV app




SiriusXM on Thursday launched an app for the fourth-generation Apple TV and the Apple TV 4K, granting access to the satellite radio service's live and on-demand content.

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12:21
SiriusXM releases new app bringing streaming radio...

Just a week after launching support for CarPlay, Sirius today announced a new app for Apple TV. This means users can now access Sirius XM content right from their living room on the big screen…

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11:41
4 Cool Star Wars Games to Hold You Over until The...

Looking for some cool games to kill time while you wait for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to open? Check out these iPhone and iPad games to hold you over.


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11:35
iPhone once again tops Flickr’s most used camera list

Apple’s iPhone has once again topped the most used camera list for the popular photo sharing website, Flickr. And not just smartphone cameras. All cameras. This comes as no surprise as Apple has long been the reigning champion of the most used camera in the world. more…

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11:12
Best tech of 2017

I’m a “Best of…” list addict. Apple has several bits of kit on this list and I’m sure we’ll see them on many more before the end of the year.

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11:08
Stock-Graphics Lifetime Subscription: $16.15

We have a deal on a lifetime subscription to Stock-Graphics. The company offers a library of 13,500-plus photos and 2,900-plus vector images, with more added every month. Using coupon code GIFTSHOP15, it’s $16.15 for a lifetime subscription.


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11:07
The top 15 photos on Flickr in 2017

These are all beautiful images (even if many are staged and/or heavily Photoshopped) and some of them are utterly spectacular, particularly for me #9, #8, and #1.

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11:02
Best Buy is selling an 8TB external hard drive for $...

If you missed out on Best Buy's Black Friday deal on the WD Easystore 8TB external hard drive, you're in luck. Today it's one of the big box retailer's daily doorbusters, though its price tag of $140 isn't quite as cheap.

That's still a very good deal, however. While this Easystore drive is part of Western Digital's exclusive line for Best Buy, its equivalents at Amazon and other retailers are currently selling for about $45 more. This discount also undercuts last week's sale price of $150.

This drive comes with USB 3.0, which WD says allows transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second. As with other WD drives, it comes with WD Backup (the company's automated backup software) to keep all the files on your PC in more than one place.

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11:01
CrossOver 17 ships, lets Mac users run Windows...




CodeWeavers has released a major update to CrossOver, a tool for running Windows application on macOS, with version 17.0.0 of the utility including support for Microsoft Office 2016 and Quicken 2017, among other improvements.

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10:46
Apple’s Big Trust Issue, Amazon Prime Video’s Launch...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the trust issue Apple created with customers, plus John nails his prediction on when Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV would ship.


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10:18
Apple health exec Anil Sethi leaves to form new...




The director of Apple's health team, Anil Sethi, is leaving the company to found a startup called Ciitizen, fulfilling a promise to his sister Tania who died of cancer on Sept. 11.

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